Health Sciences and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V)


The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®-V) measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage.

A computerized scholastic aptitude assessment, TEAS®-V is one component of the selection process for admitting students into nursing programs. The goal is to predict candidates with the highest likelihood of academic success.

The objectives assessed on TEAS®-V are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants. 

The MATH subtest covers whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion. READING covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions. The ENGLISH subtest measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling. The SCIENCE portion of the exam covers science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.
TEAS®-V is a 170-item, computerized, four-option, multiple-choice assessment. It takes about three and a half (3.5) hours to complete.

Content Area Number of Test Items Amount of Time Allotted

Reading 40 58 minutes

Mathematics  45 51 minutes 

Science  30 66 minutes 

English and Language Usage 55 34 minutes 

Total 170 209 minutes 


Students are required to schedule the TEAS®-V online at  You must bring your registration username and password with you to the testing session and current valid picture identification issued by school, employer, city, or state/federal agency.

Please check the ATI webpage at for the current cost of the exam fee.   Fees must be paid during the registration process on the ATI webpage.   The fee is non-refundable and reserves a place for the originally scheduled test date only.


Upon completion of the exam, students will receive an official score report, which may be used for the nursing program application packet at Shelton State Community College. Students planning to apply to the nursing program at Shelton State Community College and completed their TEAS V assessment at another testing center, must submit an official copy of their scores. Official score reports may be requested at

The TEAS®-V score is good for three (3) years from the test date.

Scheduled testing dates may be viewed at TEAS testing dates or at the ATI website


The TEAS®-V test will be administered through the SSCC Testing Center.  Seats for each test session are limited based on room capacity; please choose the desired test session early.
A web-based testing method will be used to administer the TEAS®-V.  SSCC will send the official TEAS score report to another college for a processing fee of $20.00.  Students may repeat the TEAS®-V once during any semester admission time frame. The student must wait at least six (6) weeks between taking each test.  Currently, SSCC administers the TEAS®-V version of the exam, and scores from previous versions will not be accepted for admission.

Students requesting special accommodations, should contact the Director of Testing and Assessment at before scheduling their testing session. 

Study guides may be purchased online at the ATI website,, or Barnes & Noble.  Students needing further information should send an email to